Perry declines Trump debate invite
December 8th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Perry declines Trump debate invite

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not participate in a debate moderated by real estate mogul Donald Trump and hosted by NewsMax, his campaign announced Thursday.

Perry's Communications Director Ray Sullivan said they "respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate" citing Perry's "traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus" as top priority for the longest-running Texas governor's presidential campaign.

Perry is one of four current presidential candidates that have visited with Trump, ostensibly seeking an endorsement from the businessman who made waves while flirting with a bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for president himself.

Trump has also met with GOP contenders including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Trump told CNN's Piers Morgan Wednesday, "I know a lot of the moderators and some are wonderful, and some aren't, but I know the issues better than the moderators" and touted ratings of his reality show as an additional incentive to participate.

Although the debate was also endorsed by 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, so far former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Gingrich are the only candidates who have agreed to attend. Perry now joins former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and Romney, all of whom previously declined to participate.

Bachmann's campaign announced later on Thursday that she would be skipping the debate, as well.

And Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus took issue with Trump's role as moderator earlier in the day.

"I think that having a successful businessman serving as a moderator has a lot of value but the issue here is whether the moderator should be a person who is still batting around the idea of running as an independent," Priebus asserted.

Because his role as Republican National Committee chairman requires him to raise questions about the debate moderated by businessman Donald Trump, Priebus said, "I think it would be malpractice for me as an RNC chairman not to believe that's an issue."

Allowing that "candidates can do whatever they want to do," Priebus asserted his "concern of a moderator who is talking of running as an independent still being a moderator of a debate" in an interview on Fox News.

"I would have an issue with that and I would understand candidates who say, 'Look, I don't know if I want to avail myself where the moderator might be… still talking about potentially running as an independent candidate,'" Priebus said.

"I think that's a problem," he asserted.

Also see:

Gingrich reaches out to conservative leaders

Bachmann will not take part in Trump debate

Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites

Paul: 'I have to expose' Gingrich

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Reince Priebus • Rick Perry • RNC
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Come one, come all, to the GOP Circus..........See Newt "the Flip Flopper" Gingrich and Rich "Can't Win a State Election" Santorum, answer questions from Donald "The Birther" Trump.

    December 8, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    $arah Palin, herself, should participate in the debate.....I would be fantastic TV.

    December 8, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. woodpile

    The little Reince got his butt spanked by Karl "The Godfather" Rove and now he's sorry. Maybe "two wrongs" can make "a right".
    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    December 8, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    Just another sideshow in the 2nd rate travelling circus that is the GOP run for the Presidency. It just shows how little they think of the office and the great country that it represents.

    December 8, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Brinton summarizes the revolutionary process as moving from "financial breakdown, [to] organization of the discontented to remedy this breakdown ... revolutionary demands on the part of these organized discontented, demands which if granted would mean the virtual abdication of those governing, attempted use of force by the government, its failure, and the attainment of power by the revolutionists. " might even hazard to propose that the GOP, by first enacting all the policies that blew up the economy, was (and still is) trying to force-fabricate Brinton's process. Financial collapse? Easy peasy: just cut revenues, borrow for a couple wars and deregulate the financial sector and look the other way while it misbehaves and meltdown. Organization of the discontented? Astroturf yourself up some Teatrolls and shadow fund them with giant corporate backers. Revolutionary demands? Demand the financial and structural evisceration of the federal gov't via tax cuts and spending cuts, destruction of the social safety net and that all power be given to the states for deciding everything, including how much religion to institutionalize into our secular laws. It's the Civil War all over again.

    Attempted use of force by gov't...well, that's where it failed...ain't happening against Teatrolls...and it's a necessary step to galvanize the angry mob. In fact, partly because of their astroturf nature, the Teatrolls really couldn't get enough widespread support for their extremist views, support is waning and it's not going to work. OWS, being more organic, has the opportunity given that the state IS actually behaving violently towards them, with the pepper spraying and use of eardrum damaging sound devices, billy clubs etc., but the MSM is dead set against OWS and is doing everything it can to hamper them getting their message out...unlike the MSM's outright advertising for the Teatrolls.

    December 8, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why doesn't Previously Rinsed just come out and say it: dump The Dump.

    December 8, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Still TRYING to grow up and become a man Priebus?

    Maybe I missed something you mean there was no mention of Obama?

    December 8, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. John

    " Although the debate was also endorsed by 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin," Talk about kiss of death. Mr. Trump needs to muzzle his trained grizzly. You know, like they do in Russia.

    December 8, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. JustMe

    Priebus has always come across to me as a child trying to do a grown-ups job and his handling of this didn't make me think or feel any differently.

    December 8, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. RINO Bil

    Aw crap, someone woke Reince up.

    This guy has been invisible and worse, ineffective. But like a lot of Republicans in te House and Senate, he is drawing a salary for doing virtually nothing.

    December 8, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Mah

    "A successful businessman" is someone who repeatedly runs things into the ground and declares bankruptcy? Riiight. Would make a great president!

    December 8, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rinse is becoming quite a flip flopper, just like the MA presidential candidate who is the choice of the turd blossom Rove, and the Koch boys, little Chuckie, and daffy Davie.

    December 8, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. woodpile

    Sniffit "The GOP...blew up the economy"

    As if the Democrats had nothing to do with it, what BS. The Dems controled the POTUS, House and Senate for three years and couldn.t pass a budget and idiots like you still want to play the blame game. Both parties are to blame and looking back over the years they probably share the blame 50-50. When Obama got elected (I didn't vote for him) my feelings were that maybe he is right and we will have real change for the better. Wrong. Corruption is as bad or worse then ever as evidenced by Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Corzine and on and on. Our federal government is too big and obviously unmanageable. It's like a foster mother with 50 children and there is not enough love or care to go around. We need to downsize and return the kids to their real parents...the states. Whats wrong with a majority ruling in a free state. Don't like the rules in one move to another.

    December 8, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Why wear a watch if you can't tell what time it is !

    The GOP over slept on this one.

    December 8, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    What? Some people take Donald Trump seriously? Must be the low-information voters. . .

    December 8, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. unsub

    the GOP has become a joke! anyone seen Pailin?

    December 8, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |

    OWS, being more organic, has the opportunity given that the state IS actually behaving violently towards them, with the pepper spraying and use of eardrum damaging sound devices, billy clubs etc.

    I couldn't have said it better myself Sniffit.

    December 8, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    woodpile, read why the Articles of Confederation were on workable, and you will get your answer.

    December 8, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. ted

    The GOP is proving that it is a bunch of clowns all trying to talk louder than the others, but offering absolutely no solutions to the issues of the country.Since they are all millionaires, they certainly support the gridlock in congress concerning any taxes on the rich. figures that they believe the 99% need to pay more since we are the ones that they are creating jobs for. Yeah right. hypocritical delusional idiots all sitting in the GOP candidate clown car.

    December 8, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. vatoloke

    A presidential candidate debate moderated by a serial bankrupter? Give us a break and some respect for the process GObP! Just when we thought you couldn't stoop any lower, BAM!

    December 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Odins Acolyte

    Doesn't matter. Obama is out. That is what matters.

    December 9, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Clwyd

    Nlw we have 7 bafffoons running for president that some have called the weakest field ever put forth by the republicans. The scary part is that there are some idiots out there who say they will vote for them even if they don't support them because they are conservative or republican. So if the republicans run a dog they would vote for him just because he's a republican? Frankly I think they have put up 7 dogs as contenders!

    December 9, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    smart move by a not-so-smart man

    December 9, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Independent In Albany

    America declines Perry

    December 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Okaaaaaaaay, he just demonstrated that he is not as dumb as he looks and acts. I guess it's the newter man and the overpopulator only.
    Then again, the bad hair man has started his own clown show of running as an independent. Must be nice to have all this money from daddy and so much down timento do anything you want with it.
    Most onus are too busy working and, yes, writing against him and his I'll!

    December 9, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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